Overwhelming evidence shows climate change is real

Posted 15 February 2019 at 4:09 pm


In response to Kimberly Kennedy’s letter on The Hub, we are picking up the gauntlet you threw at Andrew Remley and we accept your challenge to a public debate on global warming. This debate will take place on Saturday, June 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Hoag Library, moderated by one or two prominent community leaders.

You called for the evidence global warming is occurring. It is overwhelming; much too lengthy to list all of them, but here’s a few: The Antarctica is melting three times faster than it was 10 years ago.

Eighteen of the 19 warmest years in recorded history have occurred since 2001.

Atmospheric carbon dioxide (the fossil fuel emission that causes global warming) has risen from 300 ppm in 1950 to 400 ppm today.

The rise in global temperatures, the warming of the oceans, the shrinking of the ice sheets, glacial retreat, sea level rise, and extreme weather events (more powerful hurricanes, record rainfall, devastating wildfires) etc., are the evidence of global warming you say you are seeking.

The agencies and scientists you glibly dismiss all come to these conclusions. You might remember NASA. Our government agency that landed on the moon six times. However, I don’t believe you will ever accept these scientific facts. You remind me of a meme I saw where Titanic victims up on the stern of the boat said, “We can’t be sinking! We’re 300 feet in the air!”

So our team won’t be there to change your beliefs. Through informed debate, our goal is to present the public with facts and truth, and to give them resources to act for a healthy environment.

I believe human beings were blessed with the ability to think, reason, and act on what’s best. It’s time we exercise that capability. Study up. See you this summer.

Al Capurso